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cynthia

Sebastopol, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Worthing Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (390)

    It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

    Lisa says: "Early Work of a Master"
    "Had to stop halfway..."
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    I have loved Orson Scott Card in the past, but this "story" seems like a series of parables, and the characters and plot only exist to further the philosophical/social/political musings of the author. Each chapter felt like sitting through a sermon. I don't intend to listen to the last third of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (681)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Amazing writing and performance!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The story makes great Shakespeare, and the performers made it great theater. Ian Doescher's ability to adapt soliloquys a and write in iambic pentameter while maintaining the action and classic elements of Star Wars was a treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Paterniti
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room”. Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets - usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese.

    Mel says: "The Original Canned Cheese"
    "I want to throw my iPhone at the narrator"
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    I only made it halfway. The story is moderately engrossing. The author's descriptions and characters paint a vivid picture, and I find myself wanting to know what happens next, but i can't bring myself to listen any more. The narrator's overconfident, Italianate, mispronunciation of every Spanish word in the book, and there are a lot of them, is completely ruining it for me. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. I want my credit back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David B. Coe
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    In 13th-century England, the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood leads an uprising that will forever alter the balance of world power and will make one man of humble beginnings an eternal symbol of freedom for his people. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar- winner Russell Crowe.

    Toby Sachs says: "Robin Sachs is a great narrator"
    "Like describing a movie to a blind person"
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    I should have read the "book" description more carefully. This wasn't really a book, but a description of a movie, and probably not a very good movie. The narrator was wonderful, but the entire story sounded like someone telling me what was taking place on the screen. In addition, characters didn't behave as characters in that time period more likely would. (Marion wielding a sword in battle, Robin professing his love after only a few days, etc.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2071)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Incredible narration brought the story to life"
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    I would have loved the book if I had read it myself, but the narration brought the characters so vividly to life. There was never a false moment or mispronunciation that reminded you there was a narrator and a story, just a fascinating tale where the voices/accents helped to color the image the author created. Can't wait for the next one.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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